May 28, 2024 - Food and Drink

Reader Recs: Best neighborhood delis in San Diego

A club sandwich.

The "San Diegan" at Clem's Bottle House and Deli in Kensington. Photo: Kate Murphy/Axios

Sandwiches are always better when someone else makes them, right?

These are some of the best neighborhood delis, according to our readers, if you're looking for a go-to lunch spot.

Dig in: BMH Italian is a no-frills, hidden gem in La Mesa that has a little market with Italian goods.

  • I devoured the Ba-Da-Bing!, thanks to Kevin R. It's a hot sandwich with turkey, ham, pastrami and provolone, plus pepperoncini and the house dressing.
  • Don't leave without getting a cannoli or the tiramisu.

The intrigue: Wise Ox is a butcher shop, not a deli, but it won best sandwich on San Diego Magazine's list. It has locations in North Park and Carlsbad.

💭My thought bubble: Moto deli, which shares a patio with Queenstage coffee house, is my favorite sandwich spot in Leucadia.


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